The Orphan Calf Relief Program: Efforts to help livestock producers after the Smokehouse Creek Fire

The ongoing Smokehouse Creek Fire has burned well over a million acres now, and even though it is 87% contained, livestock producers have a long road to recovery. Thankfully, the Orphan Calf Relief Program is here to help.

This program stands as a beacon of support for ranchers in Oklahoma and Texas who have suffered losses due to wildfires. In a heartfelt testimony, a program representative outlined their mission: to provide care for orphaned calves and eventually reunite them with their rightful owners.

“We will take care of your babies and then give them back. They are to go back to their ranchers when they’re ready. It’s free, 100% free.”
Jessica Reed, The Orphan Calf Relief Program Representative

During the Starbucks Fire in 2017, this program operated seamlessly, with no expenses incurred. The generosity of donors and volunteers has been overwhelming, with support pouring in from various quarters. Vets offer their services, while donations cover supplies such as milk and medication.

The program’s impact extends far beyond individual ranchers. Families, FFA chapters, and communities at large have rallied together to support this noble cause.

As the program continues to grow, those wishing to lend a helping hand can do so through various channels. Donations are accepted via Venmo, PayPal, and bank accounts established at local institutions. Additionally, contributions can be dropped off at designated locations, including the Beaver County Stockyards and Beaver Feed.

For those looking to contribute or learn more about the Orphan Calf Relief Program, visit their Facebook page.

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